Ozzy Osbourne, best known as the lead singer of the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath, has announced his retirement, and cancelled all of his remaining shows.
It comes after the seventy-four-year-old rock legend suffered a bout of ill health beginning back in 2019, when a fall further aggravated injuries he suffered in a dangerous accident involving a quad bike from 2003, via the BBC.
Osbourne is still suffering now from the damage he did to his spine after his fall.
In addition to this, he also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which he was first diagnosed with back in 2003, but first revealed in 2020.
The star shared the news of his retirement in a heartbreaking statement posted to his social media accounts.
“This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans,” his post began.
“As you may all know, 4 years ago, this month, I had a major accident, where I damaged my spine.
“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage. My singing voice is fine. However, after 3 operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking Cybernics (HAL) Treatment, my body is still physically weak.
“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realisation that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required.
“Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really F***S ME UP, more than you will ever know.
“Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way. My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country.
“I want to thank my family……my band…….my crew……my longtime friends, Judas Preist, and of course, my fans for their endless dedication, loyalty, and support, and for giving me the life that I never ever dreamed I would have.
“I love you all…”
He also confirmed that ticket holders can get their refund at the point of purchase.
Fans have flocked to the post’s comment section to share their well wishes.
One wrote: “It’s ok Ozzy, you’re still the king of metal always will be.”
Another said: “What matters is your health, I’m sure any real fan would rather you stay at home than stress yourself and your body by going on tour.”
While a third wrote: “Real fans won’t get upset! The die hards will always be with you! Get better!!!”
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